Cheers & Kanpai!

So a few weeks ago, I attended a craft beer and sake pairing dinner at the RA Sushi Bar and Restaurant in Tustin, California. This was the first of its kind ever and I wanted to share my experience with you. This event was hosted inside the restaurant, on their dining floor. There was approximately…

Part 3: 2016 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo

You’re done with Part 2 Part 3: Equipment and Miscellaneous The following is a video I snapped of an electric boiler? It is used for pasta. About $8800. I asked if they had a version for oil (as a fryer). Not yet. But take a look. Each basket is programmable with set timers. Pretty cool! Let’s…

Part 2: 2016 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo

Thanks for reading Part 1: Food! Part 2: Beverages I found the Zevia booth. I had previously tried one of their sparkling sodas (black cherry) when I was at a local gas station. I bought it on impulse; it was inexpensive and I like black cherry soda. At the booth, I tried their ginger ale and…

2016 Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo – Part 1

So as I was drafting this blog post, I soon realized that it might be too long for one post. So I decided to break it down into three smaller posts – to make it easier for you – the reader. So without any further delay… About two weeks ago, I received an email from…

Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo 

So today I’m headed to the Los Angeles Convention Center to attend the Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo! I was unable to attend last year (even after receiving a free pass) so there was no way I was going to miss another opportunity to go this year! I am fortunate enough to have made great…

Luna Grill: Temecula!

I normally stay away from the “Mall” in Temecula (aka The Promenade). But the recent launch of PokemonGo has made it a destination spot for players of all ages. (Yes, I am playing PokemonGo – #TeamValor all the way!) So with that, I take my son with me so we can play the game together…

Bacchus Bar & Bistro Brilliance!

I had the privilege of being welcomed to Bacchus Bar and Bistro in Irvine, California. This small eatery is tucked away and nestled among other restaurants in a shopping center off Quail Hill Parkway.  Just outside the front doors, to the right, there is a small patio area with lush vegetation. On a gorgeous day…

Morfia’s Texas BBQ

If you fancy yourself some great tasting barbeque and you find yourself in Marina Del Rey, California – please make a stop at this place. Morfia’s is delicious! Plain and simple! I had the distinct pleasure of dining here back in mid-December, while temporarily working in Marina Del Rey. I as drove between work and…

Excited to announce…

Tomorrow evening, I’ll be going to a restaurant in Irvine, California for dinner. I have been invited to stop by via a connection I made several months ago. My hope is that I’ll be given a tour of the facility and the kitchen. I’m looking forward to speaking with the Chef/Kitchen Manager. This will be…

DK’s Donuts!

Donuts – who doesn’t LOVE donuts. Or is it “doughnuts”? (Does it really matter HOW it’s spelled?) While I was on a work assignment in Marina Del Rey, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to this haven of pastry goodness. DK’s Donuts is a small shop located at 1614 Santa Monica Blvd in Santa…

Charley’s!

There usually aren’t too many great choices at food courts in the malls across America. Shoot, I used to work at a food court in Escondido, California.  I’ve ‘been there, done that’. As I tell my son, I loathe going to the local mall. Not because the mall is a bad place – I just…